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Kuwait

State of Kuwait
Dawlat al-Kuwayt

Political Status: Constitutional hereditary emirate; independent since June 19, 1961, save for occupation by Iraq from August 2, 1990, to February 26, 1991; draft constitution approved by the sovereign on November 1, 1962, and entered into force January 29, 1963.

Area: 6, 880 sq. mi. (17, 818 sq. km.).

Population: 2, 213, 403 (2005C), including 880, 774 Kuwaitis and 1, 332, 629 non-Kuwaitis; 3, 744, 000 (2010E). The 2005 figure is not adjusted for underenumeration.

Major Urban Centers (2005E): KUWAIT CITY (32, 000), Salmiya (145, 000), Hawalli (107, 000).

Official Language: Arabic.

Monetary Unit: Dinar (official rate November 1, 2010: 1 dinar = $3.57US).

Sovereign (Emir): Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-SABAH; inaugurated on January 29, 2006, after unanimous confirmation the same day by the National Assembly, following the ...

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